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Treating Menstrual Cramps and PMDD with Medical Marijuana
A modern-day woman will experience an average of 450 menstrual cycles or “periods” in her lifetime. For women suffering from dysmenorrhea or “menstrual cramps,” this number can seem more like thousands. During this time, some women experience pains that originate in the lower abdomen/pelvic area that can be both physically and emotionally draining to cope with. Do all women experience menstrual cramps? Menstrual cycles are unique to the individual. Some women experience no harsh symptoms, while others can experience a combination of painful symptoms included nausea, loose stools/diarrhea, headache, dizziness, and cramps. A survey …
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Coping With Bipolar Disorder: How Medical Marijuana Can Help
A person with bipolar disorder probably doesn’t fit the stereotype you have in mind. You might be surprised to learn that bipolar disorder isn’t just classified by out-of-control highs or suicidal lows. While these ups and downs certainly happen, there are also periods of normalcy mixed in on a regular basis. Another common misconception about people diagnosed with bipolar disorder is that they spend more time experiencing depression as opposed to mania. This is because people suffering from bipolar disorder are more likely to seek help when they are having a depressive episode than when having a manic episode. In …
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Microdosing Medical Marijuana May Help Relieve Fibromyalgia Symptoms
Whether you have been diagnosed with fibromyalgia or suspect you suffer from symptoms of the syndrome, this information is designed to provide you with a better understanding of this chronic pain disorder that affects millions of people all over the world every day. Use this information as a stepping stone and learn how patients are using cannabinoid-based therapies to help treat the many symptoms of fibromyalgia. What is Fibromyalgia? Fibromyalgia syndrome (pronounced fi-bro-my-al-ja and often referred to as simply “fibro” or “FM”) is a chronic health problem disorder characterized by widespread pain and a number of other …
May a state authorize medical marijuana clinical trials without federal approval?
No. Unfortunately, all medical marijuana research must first get NIDA approval and receive funding from the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Click here to learn more.
May a state board of health legally distribute medical marijuana?
Yes, however the medical marijuana for the study must be sourced from the federal National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). Between 1978 and 1986, NIDA distributed medical marijuana to six state research programs. Most recently, NIDA provided marijuana to a California statewide medical marijuana research program. The preliminary results of this research is available here. No additional state-sponsored research is pending. Click here to learn more.
Can physicians legally recommend medical marijuana therapies to sick patients?
Yes. On September 7, 2000, U.S. District Judge William Alsup ruled in Conant v. McCaffrey that federal authorities may not sanction doctors who recommend medical marijuana to patients. Click here to learn more.
Is diabetes or pre-diabetes reversible / curable?
Unfortunately, there are no studies supporting the concept of reversing / curing diabetes at this time. However, unlike diabetes, prediabetes is reversible. If you have prediabetes and want to avoid serious future health consequences, you can lower your risk of developing type 2 diabetes by ~60% just by changing your habits (e.g. increasing physical activity, improving your diet). Click here to learn more.
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Study: Topical CBD Treatment May Reduce Central Nervous System Inflammation
A controlled animal study published in Daru: Journal of Faculty and Pharmacy, Tehran University of Medical Sciences found that topical treatment with 1% purified (i.e. >98%) CBD topical cream may help to reduce damage caused by a disease that results in brain inflammation. This holds relevance for humans with autoimmune diseases that lead to demyelination (damage to the fatty covering around neurons that helps them to transmit signals faster) like multiple sclerosis. Topical CBD vs. Multiple Sclerosis Experiment Using healthy mice and mice with experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis [(EAE)- encephalo= brain, myel= myelin= …
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Study: Smoking Marijuana Associated With 50% Lower Chance Of Developing Metabolic Syndrome
We’re all familiar with the “stoner” stereotype. Those who smoke marijuana are often portrayed by the media as “lazy” individuals who are prone to get the “munchies” — both of which are leading causes of metabolic syndrome. As such, one may assume that marijuana users would be at greater risk of metabolic syndrome than those who don’t smoke. However, a new study shows that’s just not the case. Cannabis Use Associated with Lower Rates of Metabolic Syndrome According to research published in The American Journal of Medicine, people who currently …
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Study Supports Efficacy of Inhaled Cannabis in Reducing Neuropathic Pain Caused by Diabetes
Results of a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled crossover trial published in The Journal of Pain in July 2015 provide supportive evidence that inhaled, aerosolized cannabis may be effective for reducing pain experienced by patients with diabetes experiencing neuropathic pain. In separate testing sessions, 16 human participants were administered a placebo (i.e. inactive agent) and 3 different THC doses (low/1%, medium/4%, high/7%). “This adds preliminary evidence to support further research on the efficacy of the cannabinoids in neuropathic pain.” At each increasing dose, there was a more significant reduction in spontaneous pain (i.e. the response was “dose-dependent”). Further more, …


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